Shark Bites

Giants QB Eli Manning is set to announce his retirement on Friday, ESPN reports. The 39-year-old will finish his 16-season NFL career with a (perhaps fitting) 117-117 record. Among 85 QBs with 3,000+ career pass attempts since the 1970 merger, Manning ranks 32nd in completion rate, 44th in yards per attempt and 33rd in QB Rating. But his 2 Super Bowl rings will almost certainly land him in the Hall of Fame.

The Giants on Friday officially announced Jason Garrett as OC, Patrick Graham as DC and Thomas McGaughey as special-teams coordinator. Garrett, of course, spent the past 9.5 years as HC of the Cowboys. He spent the 3.5 years before that as Cowboys OC. Over those 13 seasons, Dallas finished among the league's top 11 in yards 9 times and inside the league's top half in scoring 11 times. Garrett's offenses didn't favor rushing vs. passing, instead seeming to lean toward the talent available. We'll break down his potential impact further as we move toward training camp. Graham spent 2019 as the Dolphins' DC, 2018 as Green Bay's LBs coach/run-game coordinator and the previous 2 seasons as Giants DL coach. We don't have enough on him yet to gauge the impact on scheme. We'll see about Graham's plan for the defense.

The Giants will hire Joe Judge as their next HC, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. It's an out-of-nowhere move. Judge spent the past 8 seasons in New England -- the first 7 as a special teams coach and 2019 as the WRs coach. Prior to that, he worked under Nick Saban at Alabama. At just 38 years old, he's now the league's 2nd-youngest HC. Frankly, that's about all we know about Judge at this point. We'll see who he tabs as his OC.

The Giants will fire HC Pat Shurmur, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Shurmur compiled a 9-23 record in 2 seasons at the helm in New York. We'll see who the G-Men tab as their next HC. They have an excellent core on offense with QB Daniel Jones, RB Saquon Barkley, WRs Sterling Shepard, Golden Tate and Darius Slayton and TE Evan Engram.

Giants LB Alec Ogletree (back) is active for today's game against the Eagles. He's a lower-level IDP option. CB Sam Beal (shoulder) is inactive, leaving an already terrible secondary without a starter. Slot CB Corey Ballentine (back) is active after arriving questionable.

Giants WR Darius Slayton (knee) isn't listed on the final injury report. He got banged up last week and only ended up playing just 29% of the offensive snaps. But he should be back in a full-time role this Sunday and is an upside WR3 in a plus matchup vs. the Eagles.

The Giants did not put in an actual practice Wednesday, but they had to estimate an injury report. ESPN's Jordan Raanan reports that the team listed WR Darius Slayton as limited with a knee injury that chopped his playing time in last week's win at Washington. Slayton did return to that game, and we'd bet on him facing the Eagles this week. But we've got him ranked 3rd among Giants WRs and will watch his progress through the week.

Giants TE Rhett Ellison (concussion) is out for Sunday's game against the Redskins. With TE Evan Engram (foot) on IR, lead duties will again fall to TE Kaden Smith. The rookie has averaged 5.5 targets, 4 catches and 33.5 yards over the past 4 weeks. He's a low-upside spot-start option in PPR leagues.

Giants QB Daniel Jones (ankle) will start this weekend's game against the Redskins, HC Pat Shurmur confirmed on Friday. Washington's secondary is extremely banged up -- and it wasn't a great pass defense to begin with. But Jones has been an extremely volatile fantasy producer this season, so consider him a risk/reward QB2 in season-long leagues and a DFS tournament play.

Giants TE Evan Engram will undergo surgery on Friday to stabilize a tendon in his foot, he said. Engram added that he'll be "more than ready" for training camp. We'll monitor his rehab this offseason.

Giants QB Daniel Jones (ankle) was working with the starters in Wednesday's practice, according to insider Ralph Vacchiano. That suggests the team expects its rookie to return for this weekend's game against the Redskins. Jones posted a 225-1-2 passing line with 33 rushing yards vs. Washington back in Week 4 -- his 2nd career start. It's possible that his rushing ability is limited in the rematch coming off that high-ankle sprain.

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The Giants have placed TE Evan Engram (foot) on IR, ending his 2019 campaign. He's averaged an impressive 4.5 catches and 52 yards per game over his first 3 NFL seasons but has now missed 14 of a possible 48 games. Engram will be a risk/reward pick in 2020 fantasy football drafts. Rookie Kaden Smith will close out this season as New York's lead TE.

Giants QB Daniel Jones (ankle) is out for Sunday's game against the Dolphins. QB Eli Manning gets another start and is a low-end spot-start option vs. Miami's 29th-ranked QB defense.

Giants TEs Evan Engram (foot) and Rhett Ellison (concussion) are out for Sunday's game against the Dolphins. That again leaves lead TE duties to Kaden Smith, who's averaged 6.3 targets over the past 3 weeks. He's a low-end spot-start option.

Giants TE Evan Engram (foot) isn't expected to play against the Dolphins this weekend, according to insider Art Stapleton. "Sprained foot is just not coming along fast enough to return yet. Zero sense to rush + risk further injury," Stapleton tweeted. We'll see if TE Rhett Ellison (concussion) makes it back for Sunday's game. If not, Kaden Smith will again serve as New York's lead TE.

Giants TE Evan Engram (foot) remained limited in Wednesday's practice. He put in 2 limited practices last week before missing Monday night's game against the Eagles. His status for Sunday's game against the Dolphins is up in the air.

Giants QB Daniel Jones (ankle) was back on the practice field on Wednesday. ESPN's Jordan Raanan notes that the rookie was working with the 2nd-team offense, though -- an indication that the Giants are still planning to start QB Eli Manning vs. Miami this weekend. We'll continue to monitor the situation.

Giants QB Daniel Jones' high-ankle sprain is expected to cost him 2-4 weeks, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The rookie will miss tonight's game against the Eagles and Week 15 against the Dolphins. We'll see if he makes it back for the final 2 games vs. the Redskins and Eagles. If QB Eli Manning shows reasonably well tonight, he could be a deeper-league option in that Miami matchup.

The Giants have placed S Jabrill Peppers (back) on IR, ending his season. That likely locks in Julian Love as the starter in Peppers’ place the rest of the way. He played nearly every snap in the first game following Peppers’ injury

Giants WR Golden Tate (concussion) put in a full week of practice and will play against the Eagles on Monday night. He's averaged 8.1 targets, 5.1 catches and 64 yards per game this season -- although that's all come with QB Daniel Jones.

 
 
 

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